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Sunday, August 21, 2016

PSALM 111 continued...



"The works of His hands are truth and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They are upheld forever and ever;
They are performed in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever."
(verses 7-10)





When you were a little kid, did you play the guessing game, which hand is it in?  Yeah, when you play with God, He has something good in both hands.  He won't open an empty palm if we guess incorrectly.  In one hand is truth and in the other is justice.  We can't guess wrong.  He won't try to trick us.

If in one hand is truth and in the other, justice, this means we can trust Him.  Oh, that the world would trust His truth and His justice.  This is what our courts are supposed to uphold.  Now cameras are on everything from replays of games so the referees or umpires can review calls or policemen with cameras mounted on their cars or wearing body cameras so a court can decide if their actions were just.  It's because truth and justice are hard to come by ever since Adam and Eve dove their little naked behinds under the bushes to hide from God. But God always makes the right call.  His precepts, His command, His principles intended as a general rule for conduct or action, as the dictionary defines precepts, are always perfect.  This brings order to our universe, except for the little thing called evil which tries to usurp the place of truth and thwart justice.


Here is a non-specific gender sample of young humanity reading,
since I would never dare say, a boy reading.

Instead of being bastions of learning, our secular universities, which began as Christian universities, are just plain stupid in their limbo-jimbo of trying to be politically correct.  Princeton for example is afraid of a little word, "man."  They have gone to no man land.  It is the evil three-letter word which must be banned from its campus where once protests for freedom of speech took place.  Professors may not say it in order not to offend.  Instead of mankind, they must say, humanity, etc.  They will have a difficult time now talking about man-made global warming.  If I was a teacher there I would be tempted to become a real radical and seat the students, boy-girl, boy-girl.  Wouldn't you love to see a sit-in with these placards, boy-girl, boy-girl?  Silly Princeton where wisdom supposedly resides. 



In the meanwhile, all God's precepts are sure, upheld forever, unchanged by the blowing of political winds or whims.  They are performed, carried out in truth and uprightness, that is being morally correct.  Does anyone do moral correctness anymore?  Aren't you glad that underneath the sinking sand there is a Rock upon which to stand!  His precepts never fail, however we do. He knows we need help.  That's why He sent redemption to His people, because we have been messing up his precepts since the first husband and wife played the blame game, "She made me do it."  Maybe Adam should have been wearing at least a body-camera so he could have proved that Eve took the first bite, not him.  No clothes, just a body camera.  Hmm.  



"Holy and awesome is His name."

This means "holy and terrible, or, holy and tremendous is His name.  This title belongs not to man; nor does any minister, in assuming the title reverend, assume this...He is glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders, both in the way of judgment and in the way of mercy."
(Adam Clarke)




No wonder Adam and Eve were shaking in their boots, if they had any to put on, that is.  Yet, Moses was told to take off his sandals because he was on holy ground.  If we don't shake, the earth will quake.   It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  Why?  Because in His hands are truth and justice. That's right.  Holy can also mean 'unpolluted by hypocrisy."




"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

"In vain does any man pretend to be wise, who does not fear the Lord; and he who fears the Lord departs from evil:--he who lives in sin neither fears God, nor is wise."  (Adam Clarke) Well, that explains it, why wisdom does not come rolled up in a little diploma tied with a bow.  Sin opposes God and is foolishness.  That's why our bastions of upper learning are so full of foolishness.   Once we remove the fear of God from the beginning of wisdom, it's a fast slide downward.  And they call us ignorant.  Sadly, they will get their come-up-ins one day, the smarty pants who look down on Christians as the synonym of stupidity. 



The fear of the Lord means, "good discernment to the doers.  That is, they who act according to the dictates of wisdom, the commencement of which is the fear of Jehovah, have a sound understanding; discern their duty and their interest; live to secure their own peace, their neighbour's good, and God's glory." (Adam Clarke


How's them apples for ya, Adam?





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